Friday, April 19, 2013

The Hope Of Spring

The Hope of Spring

(The Discovery, Part 3 of 6)

By Wanda E. Brunstetter

Published by Barbour Books, April 1st, 2013

After the initial traumas of the first two parts of the story, this installment settles down to be a much gentler, contemplative interlude in which we get to know many of the characters rather better.

Meredith  is resigned to having to take things easy due to pregnancy complications and accept the loving - though rather over-protective help of her parents, who have their own financial anxieties.  The newly-returned  Jonah Miller is keen to buy Luke's horse which will aid her financial problems but causes her heartache at the thought of selling her dear husband Luke's beloved horse, and Jonah seems on the brink of falling in love with Meredith.

Luke, unbeknownst to Meredith is not dead but seriously ill in hospital, his true identity unknown to the staff or to himself.  Nurse Susan Bailey (who nicknames him Eddie when she looks after him at the hospital) is instrumental in his recovery after he was brutally assaulted, his identity stolen and then left for dead.

A  quieter, slower pace is noticeable in this part of the story, though we have our usual  cliff-hanging episode right at the end to keep us on tenterhooks and eager to find out what happens in next month's installment!

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